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Sanwo-olu Commissions 110-Bed Maternity Home, Housing Scheme In Badagry [PHOTOS]

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Badagry, one of the five traditional divisions of Lagos State reaped bountiful dividends of the development programmes of the Babajide Sanwo-Olu administration.

A 110-bed Maternal and Childcare Centre (MCC), School of Anaesthesiology in Badagry General Hospital, and 252 units of a two-bedroom housing project in Idale; all completed and delivered in the ancient town by Governor Sanwo-Olu.

On Saturday, the boundary town literally stood still for the formal inauguration of the projects, as residents and traditional rulers, led by the Akran of Badagry, trooped out to receive the Governor, his deputy, Dr. Obafemi Hamzat, and members of their entourage.

Besides, Sanwo-Olu flagged off the construction of the 5.5 kilometer-long Hospital Road being rehabilitated to create easy access to the Badagry General Hospital and the new housing estate in the town.

The Governor said the projects were part of his administration’s efforts to bring development in Badagry at par with other areas of the State. With the completion of the four-floor MCC, which is already being operated, Sanwo-Olu said the State Government had expanded healthcare infrastructure and improved access to quality health services in the town.

“Today’s commissioning activities are in fulfillment of part of the promises we gave our citizens in Badagry and I am delighted to be inaugurating three key projects that will enhance standards of living and boost the development of human capital, particularly the 110-bed MCC we have completed in this part of Lagos.

“This is just a testimony to our assurance to the people and our commitment to deliver quality projects that will turn around the lives of our citizens. Not only the MCC we are handing over for public use today has an emergency service, but it also caters to obstetrics and gynecology. There are also a laboratory, radiology, pediatrics and immunization departments.”

The Governor said the rehabilitation and expansion of the School of Anaesthesiology in the Badagry General Hospital were aimed at increasing the number of trained professionals in the field. He said such pivotal projects were being replicated in other locations across Lagos.

He said: “The people of Badagry and the adjoining communities now have increased access to quality and safe healthcare, and reduction. This will bring about the complete eradication of maternal and infant mortality, as well as a general improvement in all maternal and child health indices in this local government. All these benefits will, in turn, have a positive ripple effect on the development and socio-economic indices of Badagry.”

Commissioner for Health, Prof. Akin Abayomi, said the Badagry MCC was immediately activated for operation after its completion last November, disclosing that the facility had already delivered healthcare services to over 3,000 outpatients and 600 children. The facility, the Commissioner said, has taken 49 successful cesarean deliveries.

The MCC, Prof. Abayomi noted, would complement the capacity of the 21 primary healthcare facilities across the three Local Government Areas (LGAs) in the Badagry axis.

Sanwo-Olu said the State Government acknowledged the effect of affordable housing on the socio-economic wellbeing of the residents, which was why his administration went into a joint partnership with a private investor, Echostone Development Nigeria Ltd, to deliver the 252-unit two-bedroom terrace bungalows for low- and middle-income families.

The housing project was designed with eco-technology and EDGE Advanced protocol, which is a green building certification that making buildings to be more resource-efficient.

Sanwo-Olu said the same technology would be employed to build the proposed Workers’ Village in Ipaja later in the year. This scheme, he said, will provide 600 affordable housing units to workers and their families.

He said: “The 252 units of two-bedroom terrace bungalows being commissioned today incontrovertibly proved our sincerity about closing the housing deficit and delivering our housing promises through the relationship we have cultivated with the private sector for housing development. This Idale-Whedako Scheme is indeed a direct result of our faith in the capacity of the private sector to play a supportive role in housing development.

“This housing scheme has come with the lowest of prices, which makes it affordable to the targeted population. The payment plan will be spread over a longer period of time. I thank our development partner, Echostone Development Nigeria Ltd, for supporting the State Government in this regard.”

Commissioner for Housing, Hon. Moruf Akinderu-Fatai said the housing project was uniquely designed and came with the convenience of low-cost maintenance in terms of water usage and energy efficiency.

He added that the project had security and comfort features, such as streetlights, water treatment plant, central sewage treatment plant, strong perimeter fence, and good road network.

“No doubt, the housing scheme has added great environmental and economic value to Badagry community,” Akinderu-Fatai said.

Governor Sanwo-Olu took about a 1.17-kilometer road walk with Badagry residents to flag off the reconstruction of the decrepit Hospital Road that connects the city center to the Badagry General Hospital.

While declaring the project open, the Governor noted that the project would be expanded to a double carriageway and will be done in two phases, with the first phase spanning 3.2-kilometers.

The second phase is 2.3 kilometers and it will commence immediately after the completion of the first phase.

Sanwo-Olu said: “This road construction flag off is a demonstration of our readiness to serve our citizens on this part and it doesn’t matter how long it takes. It doesn’t matter how far Badagry is from the State capital; we will never neglect this city in our development drive. We will continue to justify the confidence you reposed in us when you voted us in.”

The Hospital Road also links five communities- Idale, Akarakunmoh, Pivota, Topo, and Ajido – to Lagos-Badagry Expressway via Joseph Dosu Road.

 

 

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PTF: COVID Vaccination Certificate Will Become A Travel Requirement

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Boss Mustapha, chairman of the presidential task force (PTF) on COVID-19 and secretary to the government of the federation, says the COVID-19 vaccination certificate will “very soon” become a requirement for travels.

Mustapha stated this, on Saturday, after President Muhammadu Buhari and Vice President Yemi Osinbajo received doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine, at the presidential villa, Abuja.

He noted that some countries have started placing restrictions on receiving visitors on the basis of the COVID-19 vaccination certificate.

“Vaccine hesitancy will have to give way to the reality because the truth about it, your excellency, is that very soon, nobody will be able to travel the world unless you produce the certificate that you have been given,” he said.

“I have not confirmed this but reliably, some countries have started putting restrictions for receiving visitors, even for exercising activities of their faith, without a COVID-19 vaccination certificate.”

Recently, Saudi Arabia’s health ministry said only people who have been vaccinated against COVID-19 will be allowed to attend the 2021 Hajj.

Speaking further, he urged Nigerians not to listen to conspiracy theories and misinformation on vaccines and make themselves available when it is their turn to do so.

“They (vaccines) have been tested. Our strategic leaders have received them this morning. They are safe. They are efficacious and it is for the good and wellbeing of our people,” he said.

“I urge Nigerians to make themselves available, not to listen to conspiracy theories and misinformation but to make themselves available, eligible Nigerians when it is their time to do so.”

Mustapha commended Buhari for always approving the proposals and memos sent to him by the PTF in the fight against the pandemic.

On Friday, Nigeria commenced its COVID-19 vaccination with frontline health workers in Abuja

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BREAKING: Buhari, Osinbajo Receive COVID-19 Vaccines In Aso Villa [VIDEO]

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The President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), and Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo were on Saturday vaccinated against COVID-19.

Buhari was vaccinated by his personal physician, Dr. Suhayb Sanusi, at about 11.51 am at a brief ceremony witnessed by top government officials at the New Banquet Hall of the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

Shortly after the President, Osinbajo was also vaccinated by his personal physician, Dr. Nicholas Audifferen, at about 11.57 am.

The President and his deputy were the first among the nation’s strategic leaders to take the vaccine after some frontline health workers at the treatment center of the National Hospital, Abuja, were vaccinated on Friday.

The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control had early on Friday cleared the 3.924m doses of AstraZeneca vaccine which arrived in Nigeria on Tuesday for usage in the country.

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Nationwide Covid-19 Vaccine Roll-Out To Gulp N10.6bn Transportation Cost

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The Federal Government, through the National Primary Health Care Development Agency, has budgeted the sum of N10.6bn to transport the COVID-19 vaccine to the 36 states and the 774 local government areas as well as the Federal Capital Territory and the six area councils.

Also, about N1.4bn was set aside for the procurement of Personal Protective Equipment while N373m was earmarked for the purchase of Adverse Events Following Immunisation kits otherwise known as AEFI kits.

This is according to a document obtained by the media on Friday, which was presented to the 36 governors during a meeting between representatives of the Federal Ministry of Health and the Nigeria Governors Forum on Thursday.

The document titled, ‘Estimated Budget for States Rollout of COVID-19 Vaccines (end-to-end),’ showed that Kano State, which has 44 local government areas, has the highest budget for transportation at N685.4m while N558.6m will be spent on distributing the vaccines to Lagos State, which is the epicenter of the COVID-19 pandemic.

About N476m would be spent on distributing vaccines in the President’s home state of Katsina while N396.3m will be spent in Oyo State.

Bayelsa, which has just eight local government areas, has the lowest budget for vaccine transportation which is N121m.

The total amount of money earmarked for the transportation of vaccine, procurement of Personal Protective Equipment, AEFI kits, and sensitization was summed up at N12.7bn.

The Minister of Health, Dr Osagie Ehanire, on December 22, 2020, told the Senate that the Federal Government would need about N400bn to vaccinate 70 percent of Nigeria’s population.

The Senate leadership subsequently asked Ehanire to bring a budget while they promised to give it quick consideration.

However, it was learnt that as of Friday, no supplementary budget had been sent to the National Assembly.

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